Local Poll Week VI: Pug Life
Good times in local college hoops. The top five teams in the area went a combined 14-1 since the last time we voted, with the one loss being Richmond's narrow defeat at Wake Forest. That's not bad. William & Mary also moves up to No. 2 in the rankings off the Pugs' victory at Maryland; this is the highest the Phoenix have ever been ranked.
For the first time this year, the makeup of the 11 changes, with Radford busting in and Morgan State falling out. Other than that, there wasn't much drama, but the DMV's domination of the still-meaningless RPI is certainly dramatic. Check this out: William & Mary is second, Georgetown is 13th, VCU is 15th and Richmond is 23rd. Georgetown is still the only nationally ranked team, at 12th in the AP and coaches polls. William & Mary, Virginia Tech and VCU are receiving votes, with the former edging ever-closer to the inevitable WaPo feature treatment.
Here are the totals. We have team, record (through Sunday's games), points and first-place votes. Last week's standings are found below. More of the hilarious pithy comments will appear at a later time.
1. Georgetown (11-1) 764 (58)
--Next: Wednesday at Marquette, Saturday vs. Connecticut.
--John Thompson wisely passes up Gilbert Arenas's invitation to the weekly Verizon Center poker game. (Bill Fitzgerald)
2. William & Mary (10-2) 686 (15)
--Next: Monday vs. UNC Wilmington, Wednesday at Delaware, Saturday at Drexel.
--Is anybody really shocked that the top Colonial teams are better than middle of the pack ACC teams? Besides Gary Williams, that is? (Gavin Weiss)
3. Virginia Tech (12-1) 632 (7)
--Next: Sunday at UNC.
--The Hokies' flight home after defeating Seton Hall was a joyous one until the realization that they were leaving Cancun for Blacksburg set in. (John Albers)
4. VCU (9-2) 482
--Next: Monday vs. Northeastern, Wednesday at Drexel, Saturday vs. Delaware.
--After wins over Pirates and Seahawks, Rams shedding common central Virginia label of "landlubbers." (Ivan Snyder)
5. Richmond (11-4) 446
--Next: Wednesday at Duquesne, Saturday at Saint Louis.
--Just barely edged out by Wake Forest last week in annual "Smokers' Invitational." (Ted Gotsch)
6. Old Dominion (9-5) 335
--Next: Monday at Towson, Wednesday vs. James Madison, Saturday vs. Hofstra.
-- Monarchs' blowout loss at Mason falls somewhere between having stopped exercising and pulling a pistol on your teammate in the locker room as a bad start to the new year. (Jack Lambert)
7. Maryland (9-4) 325
--Next: Sunday vs. Florida State.
--At this rate, the only local teams left for Gary Williams to schedule in 10 years will be Montgomery College and St. Albans. (Max Wasserman)
8. George Washington (10-3) 253 (1)
--Next: Wednesday at St. Bonaventure, Sunday vs. Xavier.
--GW students were sad to learn that the $8,000 more that they pay in tuition than their peers at Harvard is apparently used to buy neither a superior education nor a superior men's basketball team. (Grant Kronenberg)
9. George Mason (7-6) 194
--Next: Monday vs. Hofstra, Thursday at Northeastern, Saturday vs. UNC Wilmington.
--Two-game winning streak is a direct result of constantly seeing the 2006 team's highlights in best of the decade recaps. (Chris Bocquet)
10. Virginia (7-4) 148
--Next: Tuesday vs. Texas-Pan American, Saturday at N.C. State.
--Playing games against almost fictional teams like the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Texas-Pan American. I'm waiting for the game against Beavers from Teen Wolf. (Jamie Jones)
11. Radford (7-5) 83
--Next: Monday vs. Gardner-Webb, Saturday at High Point.
--Art Parakhouski's 34 points versus Mason were the best thing to come out of Minsk since Prince Alexander Jagiellon granted the city town privileges in 1499 under Magdeburg Law. Oh look it up, it's a real thing. (Jack Lambert)
Also receiving votes: Morgan State 44, Loyola 13, VMI 8, James Madison 6, American 5, Mount St. Mary's 4, UMBC 3, Howard 2, Liberty 2, Navy 1, Towson 1.
Last week's rankings
2. Virginia Tech
3. William & Mary
6. Old Dominion
8. George Washington
9. George Mason
10t. Morgan State
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